trends: going bananas

I was at the store with my oldest son a few weeks ago when I noticed that there was a shirt with a fun banana print on it… and I thought it looked pretty cool. Meanwhile, my son picked up a more basic tee but it also came with a banana printed tie. Which made me wonder… are these the new fruits that are dotting the clothing landscape?! So I, of course, turned to my 11 yo son to find out if this might be the case… His answer was a definitive yes!! Well now, not that I don’t trust his judgment, but I went on the hunt to see if I might be able to find this in more then just the one store, and man did I find a lot of examples of this trend!

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What I’ve mostly found is that this trend uses classic shapes, like a button up shirt or dress, a basic boxy sweater, but throws a quirky spin on it with the use of a banana print. Wether it’s tone on tone or bananas on a white or coloured background, it gives it a more youth and fun appeal. I’ve even found a few examples of plain tees with fun focal graphics with bananas, like the one with the shades in the example above.

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So I went digging through the web to find you the best banana fabric out there! There’s options for both knits and wovens, flashy colours and more traditional ones… And if you don’t want to go full out on the banana print, I even found banana leaf fabric!! My youngest son shocked me a bit by saying the fuchsia pop art print was actually his fabric out of the bunch. He loved the way the colours were used in it.

Some great pattern options to help recreate these looks could be the Bookworm Button Up by Blank Slate Patterns or Friday Dress by Petit a Petit & Family if you’re looking for the classic button up shirt or dress options. If you’re looking for a baby onesie option, Puperita has the Catnap Romper that could work for both woven and knit fabrics. And finally for sweaters and tees, Misusu Patterns offers the Rowan Tee, a free boxy sweater pattern or the Basic Tee by Lowland Kids would make for a great base to customize any shirt with.

I’ll definitely be planning on making something with this trend for the upcoming season of KCW, although I’m not sure yet what I’ll decide on. Seriously debating between the fuchsia shirt for my youngest son or a classic button up dress for the youngest of all! What about you… what do you think of this trend? Do you plan on going bananas anytime soon?

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